Spiffing Up Old Books

Over at her blog, Two Twenty-One, Chelsea has come up with a fun way to add a little pizzazz to old books.  She covers them with fabric!

Two Twenty One fabric covered books before

Don’t let the mention of fabric scare you away from this project since there’s no sewing involved.  Chelsea simply cuts a rectangle of fabric and uses adhesive spray to attach it to the cover of the book.  The sky’s the limit on this one–you can use any fabric you like to achieve this look.  Keep this tip in mind for styling bookshelves.  You could have a lot of fun with that!

Two Twenty One fabric covered books after

Do see a detailed tutorial on this process, visit Two Twenty-One.

Hair Clips Get a Retro Fabric Makeover

Courtney is one of the three fabulous sisters you’ll meet at Fry Sauce and Grits. When her two-year-old daughter finally got fed up with Mom borrowing her hair clips, Courtney took it as a sign to dig into her fabric scrap bag and create some great new fabric-covered hair clips for herself!

hair-clips-scissors-needles-threadShe gathered up her supplies, including hair clips, colorful felt, fabric scraps, a large needle, and crochet thread. Courtney cut out a rectangle of felt and fabric for each clip, then cut a small slit in the felt and inserted the clip. She placed the fabric on top of the felt, secured it with pins, and sewed a “simple stitch around the perimeter of the hair clip. Aaaaaand, done! These would make such a great project and a great gift.

DIY-Retro-Fabric-Hair-Clip See the full instructions at Fry Sauce and Grits.


Outdoor Chair Makeover

“I almost missed these bamboo chairs as my dad and I went cruising past them one day. We quickly doubled back and snagged them and I am sure glad we did!” says Jess over at Bright Green Door.


Jess used spray paint to make the chairs bright and white.  The 80’s cushions got revitalized with new fabric.  “Now these chairs anchor our entire front porch and are the perfect restored vintage chair,” Jess tells us happily.  They definitely look like the perfect spot for some front porch sittin’!


Get all the details on this outdoor chair makeover at Bright Green Door.

An Elephant Foot Stool

“This footstool had been kicking around the classrooms in my school for over fourteen years.  No one is quite sure who it belonged to originally,” explains Lori at Rise.Shine.Create.  When she found it hidden under a pile of books in another classroom, she asked her colleague if it could go home with her.


This was Lori’s first reupholstery project, but she tackled it with enthusiasm.  She pulled off the old upholstery and painted the legs with chalk paint and some touches of metallic paint.  Next, she replaced the worn out fabric on the stool with a funky elephant print fabric in black and white.  The refurbished stool is adorable!


Get more details on this makeover at Rise.Shine.Create.

USA Map from Fabric Remnants

Oh say can you sew! Amanda at Mommy is Coocoo had a huge bag of fabric remnants and hit on a fabulously patriotic way to display them–she made a map of the USA!

fabric-remnantsAmanda bought a United States map and used it as a template for tracing and cutting out the states. She used Wonder-Under to get the states in place and then hand-sewed (and sewed, and sewed, and sewed) around each state. Amanda is super pleased with the results and says, “Although it’s a lot of work, a fabric map is a great way to use up your fabric remnants!” I agree, it looks awesome!

fabric-remnant-map-USA To see the full tutorial (and video) visit Mommy is Coocoo.

Refreshed Kitchen Mat

“Our kitchen mat has been looking a little shabby lately. It’s been spilled on countless times by all of us, and gets a ton of foot traffic all day long,” laments Amanda at Dwelling in Happiness.  Before giving up on the mat, she decided to try to freshen it up a bit.


Amanda decided to cover the mat with fabric she’d found in the clearance bin.  After considering the options, she figured that decoupage glue would be the best way to attache the new fabric to the old mat.  Sure enough, the experiment was a success!   The once dingy mat has a brand-new look!


Get directions for covering a mat like this one with fabric at Dwelling in Happiness.

Nasty Rocker Gets a Major Makeover

“So, my aunt rescued this old rocking chair from a dumpster,” begins Ashley at Domestic Imperfection.  ” As soon as my husband saw it sitting on the front porch he cringed and asked, ‘are we really keeping that nasty thing?'”


Ashley reassured him that it wouldn’t be nasty for long, and got to work on a complete revamp for this chair.  She ripped off the old upholstery, sanded down the wood, and painted everything white.  She reupholstered the chair in a playful modern print fabric.  The transformation has this chair rockin’ once again!


Take a trip over to Domestic Imperfection to get all the details on this makeover.

Broken Dresser Lives Again

Karen spotted this broken dresser on one of her tree lawn hunts for furniture.  Despite it’s poor condition, she brought it home for a makeover, and tells us all about it at The Salvaged Boutique.


Once the grime of years of neglect had been scrubbed away, the dresser’s primary concern was a lack of drawers.  A quick Pinterest search inspired Karen to replace the missing drawers with shelves.  She painted the dresser black and added some pretty fabric to the back of the open shelves.  Mercury knobs on the remaining drawers complete the new look.  Karen tells us, “We loved the idea of using it in a bathroom for towels and other toiletries, but it would also be great as a small TV stand, a bar cabinet or a book shelf.”


Head over to The Salvaged Boutique to read all about this makeover.